“I’m Going To Prison For Arithmetic” Andrew Auernheimer aka Weev

Before entering the New Jersey courthouse to face his sentencing on March 18, 2013, Andrew Auernheimer (Weev) gave a short speech to the press and to his friends. Auernheimer was sentenced to 41 months in prison followed by three years supervised release.

Auernheimer revealed a security flaw in AT&T’s iPad user database, allowing him to scrape the data from 114,000 iPad users. The information was later on given to a journalist. In January 2011, the FBI did an investigation and filed a criminal complaint.

Auernheimer was convicted on conspiracy to access a computer without authorization (18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(2)(C), part of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986) and fraud in connection with personal information (18 U.S.C. § 1028(a)(7)).

Find out more about Andrew Auernheimr: http://freeweev.info/

Via WeAreChange

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  • BuzzCoastin

    he’s not going to prison for math
    he’s going to prison for publicly tweaking the nose of Big Homelander’s snitch friend AT&T
    and for not having enough money to “pay” for really good lawyers
    because justice in America is criminal justice

  • echar

    At least in prison he will be able to rub elbows with people who can tell him how to do and who to do criminal activities with to generate the cash to pay the fine. 1 Cheer for being institutionalized!

  • Jamie Lee

    I’ve had drinks w weev several times. Not that this is indicator of anything but his taste in scotch, but seriously… prison? This whole thing is so fucked and absurd that there aren’t words. Except I guess for “fucked” and “absurd.”

  • Jamie Lee

    And mind you. I’m not sticking up for a lot of what Weev did. But trolling isn’t something that gets… how many years was it?

  • echar

    I see

    But Auernheimer’s case hasn’t elicited as much outrage or sympathy as the others have. This is likely because Auernheimer is a huge jerk. He has a long history of race-baiting and malicious trolling. “I hack, I ruin, I make piles of money. I make people afraid for their lives,” Auernheimer told Mattathias Schwartz in a 2008 New York Times Magazine pieceabout online trolling. In that same story, Auernheimer admitted to harassing a blogger named Kathy Sierra—or, as he described her in an email that also included her home address and Social Security number, “a cockholster chugged full of cum that isn’t even worth giving the time of day.”

    Not surprisingly, people aren’t exactly lining up to sign “Free Weev” petitions. On Sunday night, Auernheimer did an “Ask Me Anything” q-&-a session on Reddit, and was met with general disdain, with many people suggesting that the sentence was karmic payback for Auernheimer’s years of trolling. In an informal pre-sentencing brief to Judge Susan D. Wigenton, the U.S. Attorney’s office essentially echoed these sentiments in arguing that Auernheimer deserved a substantial prison sentence. “His entire adult life has been dedicated to taking advantage of others, using his computer expertise to violate others’ privacy, to embarrass others, to build his reputation on the backs of those less skilled than he,” wrote U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, who went on to note the “atypical recalcitrance by the defendant to conform to the laws regarding unauthorized computer access.”


  • Jamie Lee

    I’m trying, albeit possibly poorly, to point out the what could be the larger issue here. Not Weev himself, but where the line is and who gets to draw it…

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